Grounding the OML Metamodel in Ontology

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Elsevier Inc
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Systems and Software, 2001, 57 (2), pp. 119 - 143
Issue Date:
2001-01
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The paper analyses and evaluates the OPEN Modelling Language (OML) in terms of the Bunge-Wand-Weber (BWW) model of information systems in order to: (1) Define the semantics of each relevant OML construct in terms of the kind of problem-domain phenomena they are intended to represent. (2) Inform further improvement of OML and similar object-oriented (OO) modelling languages by identifying OML-constructs which are ontologically overloaded, redundant or excessive and by identifying construct deficits in OML. (3) Investigate the ontological assumptions underlying OO modelling further. (4) Identify the multiple roles played by OML-constructs, some of which must simultaneously (a) support representation of the problem domain, (b) support developers and other stakeholders in establishing requirements and creating a software artifact, (c) support representation of that software artifact and (d) form a well-defined, compact and tightly integrated modelling language. (5) Provide general guidelines for defining OO and other modelling constructs in terms of the kind of problem-domain phenomena they are intended to represent.
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